A "must read" for ALL Americans! Amazing insights on Terrorism and the FBI!
The Northern California Book Festival recently awarded Cries of the Eagle an Honorable Mention in the Fiction category at their 2016 event.
A devastating explosion leaves a wake of death and destruction in a suburban Dallas high school.
Senior Agent Gerry Bolton and Special Agent Jan Hanson of the Dallas FBI take on the case of the apparent bombing, with little to go on. No manifesto has been revealed to declare the perpetrator’s identity or rationale, although terrorism is suspected. A later grotesque crime adds a further burden of urgency to the FBI’s efforts.
Aziz Malawi, a bright young Muslim engineer, is puzzled by a friend and coworker’s failure to return to work from his vacation. He decides to check on him at his apartment. What he discovers sends him to the police, where he is immediately viewed as highly suspicious, is interrogated, and subsequently bumped up to the FBI for further scrutiny.
It becomes clear to the FBI that Aziz is not a person of interest in the bombing crime, but quite the opposite - a devout American patriot, and a Muslim, who detests terrorism and terrorists. He entreats the FBI to allow him to become an active part of their investigation, which stretches from Dallas, Texas to Dearborn Michigan.
Aziz joins the hunt for the loose thread that will ultimately unravel the fabric of a crime with a much deeper meaning and far-reaching impact than ever imagined. His sleuthing draws him into a world of danger that challenges his every resource and that of his FBI handlers who are sworn to protect him.
As pieces of the greater puzzle begin to fit together, a grieving father, deeply struck by the tragedy of the crime surrounding his son’s death receives new hope, through an extraordinary gift brought to him by an unexpected benefactor. He must first confront himself, and stare down the evil that took his son and threatened to destroy his family in the process.
This is an outstanding, gripping story of catastrophes instigated by terrorists, and of the FBI, and brave individuals who want to be a part of righting wrongs. At a time the Federal agencies are under scrutiny, this novel reminds all that there are still very noble, dedicated men and women with integrity, who still faithfully serve these United States of America, to make it safe.
This is a captivating story of events, similar to recent events, resulting from radicals and terrorism. Michael A. Nathanson has amazing insight into the activities of terrorists and the dangers they create. They are ruthless and have no sense of humanity anbd should never be ignored.
Although "cleanly" written, it was necessary to add some graphic violent scene to make his point. The characters are so well-developed that one feels connected to them or appalled at them. The scenes are vividly created and the reader finds himself/herself feeling presnt in them.
This is presently a "stand alone" yet ends in a way that could easily be turned into a series, which this reader hopes it will.
The Title and Cover are perfectly created and "fitting" for the book's content.
*This was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
CRIES of the EAGLE
“Many spawn of the Great Satan would be eliminated shortly, the less to infest Allah’s world.”
‘Ibrahim Tecani sat in the charmed calm of the boutique coffee shop patio in Flower Town, Texas contemplating that which he was about to do and his life to this point. At twenty-nine years of age he was in, what many would call, the prime of his young life, yet he already felt old and had a heaviness in his soul. Some would call him handsome. His dear mother certainly did. This was all the female affirmation Ibrahim had received in his life, as there was no wife for him and by custom he did not date. He considered himself to be a bit of a nerd as the westerners called it. Oh well. There would be time for many women friends in Paradise. Allah has promised.’
‘This couldn’t be! Ibrahim was a terrorist? He felt betrayed beyond words. He could not comprehend this. Aziz loved America. All of Aziz’s family loved America. He was so grateful for being an American citizen, for growing up here, and for the opportunities this country afforded him. This country was a force for good, and had defended the freedom of many people and gave so much aid around the world. This was his country. His grandfather and grandmother had emigrated from Egypt in the 1950s. His mother and father were born here. They were proud Americans, all. Aziz was not naïve. America wasn’t perfect, not at all, but it was a radiant jewel in a world with a lot of dark places. He could have been born in and living in some of those dark places now! Aziz had counted Ibrahim a friend. He thought of Ibrahim as one of his best adult life friends, the kind you meet in your work and develop a good professional relationship, but also a great social friendship. They were both about the same age, and seemed to have much in common. How could Ibrahim talk like this? This was garbage . . . so wrong! What did Ibrahim do after his video?’
‘The chairman took his breath and began anew. “There was one strong common goal between all, to one day hear the ‘cries of the eagle’ as America fell from greatness, and its symbol, the great predator bird, was dashed to the ground in defeat.” The chairman again scrutinized Ali’s expression. It was important to know how his young inductee was holding up. Seeing the facial response he sought and sensing an open vessel, he continued to pour out his narrative.
‘“Ali . . . you are right. I am no better than you in God’s eyes. I agree completely. There are plenty of bad examples of we Christians out there who seem to be full of darkness rather than light. And yes, there have been some very evil people in history, some claiming to be Christians, who did despicable things in the name of Christianity. If we are honest, the same could be said of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, as well as any other beliefs, right? The common denominator is human beings. We’re all a mess.’
New York born and California raised, Michael E. Nathanson comes from a family of writers (his father is well known for his book THE DIRTY DOZEN), and has held a lifelong dream of one day weaving a good story that also points to hope and light in a darkened world.
Prior to committing to being a writer, Michael has served as National Sales Manager for a medical products company in the healthcare industry, as Regional Sales Manager for a consumer product manufacturing company catering to mass retail markets, as VP of Sales for another consumer product manufacturing company catering to mass retail markets, and spent 15 years as CEO and partner in a privately held promotional marketing company.
During a business trip in the 1980s he traveled to an Arab Muslim country and became fascinated with Islamic religious culture, worldview and the repressive social system there. After 2001 his interest increased, in not only the politics of Islam, but also terrorists, terrorism and its mindset.
Michael believes ‘there is a segment of the Muslim population that is radicalized and very dangerous to the world, yet we cannot forget that it is just a segment of a very large religious population. That population still needs to be represented by positive heroes. I want the reader of my book to meet some rich characters and also hear a clear gospel message of hope and love that our world so desperately needs today.’
“Cries of the Eagle” is Michael E. Nathanson’s first novel. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Jan, and they joyfully serve together in the marriage ministry at their church – Marriage Counseling and Reconciliation Counseling. They have three grown children and are expecting their first grandchild in 2017.